Category Archives: Weekend Wandering

Thanksgiving Week and Weekend

It is the week of Thanksgiving so first make sure to give thanks for what you have and I hope you have a chance to spend some time with family.  Because it is holiday week, I am going to combing the weekday happenings and weekend wandering posts into one and I won’t do a Wednesday Wandering Post.

If you love the holiday season and/or Christmas, the flood gate is opening on events and things to see related to the season.  Go out and explore and let us know what you see.

November 24th (Monday)

Story time at Dayton Visual Arts Center.  10:30 am.  Sing songs, play games, and read books.

Storytime at Vandalia Library.  12:30 pm.  Join in for some stories, crafts, music, fingerplays and a literature based movie.  Ages 3-6.

ABC & Me Story Time at Xenia Library. 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Preschoolers will learn about letters and their sounds through stories and a craft. Ages 3-6.

Monday Funday: After School at West Carrollton Library.  3:00 pm.  Watch movies, play games, make crafts and so much more.  Grades K-4 and Tweens.

Tween Book Club at Burkhardt Library.  4:00 pm.  For ages 8-12.  Register in advance.

Book Nuts Book Club at Fairborn Library.  4:00 pm.  Have fun discussing the book of the month and also doing activities and crafts.  Grades 3-5.

Sirens and Lights? What’s Going On? At Trotwood Library.  5:00 pm.  Meet Trotwood first responders, learn about their jobs and talk about career opportunities.

Monday Night Movies at Trotwood Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Come see a blockbuster movie for free.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Grades 7 and up.

Popcorn & Movie! At EC Doren Library.  6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy a movie and some snacks.  Ages 13-17.

PJ Family Story Time at Fairborn Library.  6:30 pm.  Wear your pajamas and furry slippers and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library.  Ages 3-6.

November 25th (Tuesday)

Tuesday Morning Story time at East Library.  10:00 am. Hear great stories, sing songs and make a craft.  Ages 2-5.

Tadpole Tales at Huber Heights Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and crafts. Ages 2-3.

Preschool Story time at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Stories, songs and other fun learning activities.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miamisburg Library. 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments and more. Babies and Toddlers. Register in advance.

Story time at Ft. McKinley Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities. Preschoolers.

Preschool Story time at New Lebanon and Kettering Moraine Libraries.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun activities for preschoolers.

Wiggle Worms Story time at West Carrollton.  10:30 am.  Story time especially for babies and toddlers. For ages 3 and younger.

Story time for Young Children at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  10:30 am.  Fun with books, music and crafts.  Ages 3-8.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  12:30 pm.  Stories, rhymes and songs.  Preschoolers.

Rubber Duck Club Story time at West Carrollton Library.  1:00 pm. Read stories, play games, dance sing songs and finish with a craft.  Ages 3-6.

Preschool Story time at Kettering Moraine Library. 1:30 pm.  Stories, song and other fun activities. Ages 3-5.

Lego Club at Kettering Moraine Library.  3:30 pm.  Build with hundreds of legos and duplo blocks.  Ages 5-12.  Register in advance.

Holiday Cards for the Homebound at Belmont Library.  3:30 to 5:00 pm.  Create holiday cards for our community’s homebound folks.  Grades K-4.

Dare to Dream Book Club at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  4:30 pm.  Grades 3-5 are invited to discuss books.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  5:30 pm.

Preschool Storytime at Miamisburg Library.  6:30 to 7:15 pm.  Share stories, rhymes and songs that promote a love of reading.  Ages 3-5.

Family Story time at EC Doren Library. 6:30 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

Celebrate the D.W. and Arthur Books at Vandalia Library.  7:00 pm.  Celebrate with stories, snacks, crafts, games and a movie. Ages 3-8.

Family Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  7:00 pm.  Books, songs and activities.

November 26th (Wednesday)

Toddler Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  9:30 am.  22 months to 3 years old.

Family Story time at Belmont Library.  9:30 am.  Enjoy quality family time with books, songs and activities.  Ages 2-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Miami Township Library.  9:45 am.  18-35 months.

Story Time plus Play Time at Cedarville Library.  10:00 am to noon. Listen to stories and then play. Ages birth to 5.

Wednesday morning story time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  10:00 am.  Fun with stories, music and craft.  Ages 2-4.

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:00 am.

Story time at Northmont Library.  10:00 am.  Ages 3-5.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Huber Heights and Kettering Libraries.  10:00 am and 11:00 am (just Kettering).  Ages birth to 24 months.

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  10:00 am.  Birth through 24 months.

Preschool Story time at Madden Hills.  10:30 am.  Stories, songs and other fun for preschoolers.

Preschool Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Stories, song and fun for 4 and 5 year olds.

Tom Turkey Story and Playtime at Jamestown Library. 10:30 am. Listen to a story and enjoy the toy area. Preschool, toddlers and babies invited.

 

Baby Song and Rhyme Time at Yellow Springs.  10:30 am. Songs, simple stories and rhymes.

 

Toddler Story Time at Xenia and Wilmington-Stroop Libraries. 10:30 am.  Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and fun.  Ages 2-3.

 

Story time at Burkhardt Library.  10:30 am. Ages 0-6.

 

Preschool Story time at Miamisburg Library.  10:45 am. Ages 3-5.

 

Preschool Story time at Dayton View Library.  11:00 am.  Ages 2-5.

 

Wednesday Morning Story Time at Winters-Bellbrook Library.  11:00 am. Enjoy a fun morning of stories, music and crafts.  Kids 2-4.

 

Toddler Tales at Brookville Library.  11:15 am.  24-36 months.

 

Babies and Books at Northmont Library.  11:30 am.  Birth to 36 months. Register in advance.

 

Preschool Story time at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 pm.  Ages 3-5.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

November 27th (Thursday) – Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Buffet at Youngs Dairy.  10:30 am to 6:00 pm.  Enjoy turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy,, stuffing, green beans, corn, sweet potato casserole, cole slaw, salad bar, cranberry salad, rolls, pie and more.  Adults $20.95, Children 4-10 $8.95, Children 3 and under are free.  Call Chris for reservations at 937-324-2050 – reservations are required.

 

Thanksgiving in Dayton: A Feast of Giving at Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street.  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This is a free event that offers a full blown Thanksgiving dinner free to anyone who wishes to come.  No ticket is required and Dayton RTA will be providing free rides.  For more information visit http://fox45now.com/shared/community/features/thanksgiving/index_wrgt.shtml

 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Neil’s Heritage House, 2323 West Schantz Ave, Kettering.  1:00 pm.  Adults are $30, Children (2-10) are $15.  Call 937-298-8611 for reservations. Visit http://neilshh.com/ for more information.

 

November 28th (Friday)

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, The Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St. Suite 1550.  8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Visitors of all ages can view this one of a kind model train display.

 

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

Baby Story Time at Xenia Library.  10:30 am.  Short stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces.  6 months to 24 months.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  2:30 to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  3:00 to 9:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 7:45 pm.

 

23rd Annual Holiday Hunt, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Tis free event features a fun scavenger hunt for kids.

 

Dayton Holiday Festival Grande Illumination Tree Lighting & Children’s Parade, Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  Tons of things to do leading up to the lighting of the tree.  This event is free and features live entertainment and fun events. For more information visit http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=112

 

Hometown Holiday Celebration in Downtown Troy.  4:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event starts at 6:30 pm with a parade, grand illumination, visits from Santa, carriage rides, music, refreshments and much more.  The Kris Kringle Market opens at 4 and is a great place for kids to shop for family, friends and teachers.  For more information visit http://www.troymainstreet.org/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Leap Frog Parents Frogs Night Out at Leap Frogs Party & Play Center in Miamisburg.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  $23 per child includes dinner.  Ages 4-13.  Kids get to enjoy dinner, fun bouncing, climbing, sliding and playing.

 

City of Lebanon Holiday Illumination, downtown Lebanon.  6:30 pm.  This is the annual tree lighting ceremony and also includes free carriage rides in front of City Hall.  Make sure to visit Santa inside the City lobby.

 

November 29th (Saturday)

All day: North pole train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

Home Depot Kids Workshop at your local Home Depot.  9:00 am to Noon.  Build a give and save bank. Free. Pre-registration is requested but not required.  For more information visit http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

 

Holiday Open Farm Day at North River Alpacas, 2800 N River Road, Yellow Springs.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Have fun with the alpacas, drink hot cocoa and visit the farm store.  For more information visit http://www.northriveralpacas.com/

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

 

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

 

Hometown Holidazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival, City of Wilmington.  3:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event features a parade, Santa, indoor games, food and strolling musicians.  For more information visit http://www.hometownholidazzle.com/

 

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

 

November 30th (Sunday)

All day: North pole express train rides at Lebanon Rail Road.  Take a half hour train ride to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Tell Santa what you would like and receive a small gift from Santa.  You can also color pictures or write letters to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and hot chocolate and be entertained by Santa’s elves.  $20.50 for Adults, $15.50 for children 5-16, $8.50 for children 2-4 and 1 and under are free.  Check the website for times.  Typically the times are 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:45 pm.  The website also states which times are already sold out.  Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended as this event does sell out.  http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

National Holiday Gift Show at Hara Arena.  Noon to 4:00 pm.  $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Come to one of the largest indoor craft and gift shows in the state.  Bring an unwrapped toy and you’ll get $1 off admission.

 

The Tike’s Shoppe, Schuster Center, 1 W 2nd Street, Dayton.  Noon to 6:00 pm.  This is a special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget.  Santa will be here 2 to 5 pm.

 

Riverscape Ice Skating, 111 E. Monument Avenue.  1:00 to 5:00 pm.  $5 admission; $2 for ice skate rental.

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

Afternoon Musicales at the Dayton Art Institute.  2:00 pm.  Enjoy a concert by David Wion and Friends.  Free for members, $8 for adults, youth/children under 17 are free.

Clifton Mills Christmas Lights, Clifton Mill, 75 Water Street, Clifton.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  This event features over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges.  Lights are turned on at 6 pm.  You can also peak into Santa’s workshop and see a live Santa at work. $10 per person (age 7 and up), children 6 and under are free.  For more information visit http://www.cliftonmill.com/

 

Niederman Christmas Farm, 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd, Hamilton.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event includes a walk-through Christmas display including lights, a life-size nativity scene and holiday music.  Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  For more information visit https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/

 

The Gift of Lights at the Christmas Ranch, 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.  5:00 to 9:00 pm.  The Christmas ranch features a Christmas village full of shops, a light show, 1 million LED lights synchronized to holiday music, an animated toy factors, animated trees and figures dancing to music, pictures with Santa most evenings and Christmas shops.  $15 per vehicle.  For more information visit http://www.thechristmasranch.com/  This is 10 minutes north of Kings Island.

 

Reaver Christmas Light Display, Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler, 336 East Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia.  6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This free event features over 100,000 lights plus a musical light show.  20 feet mega trees come to life with a musical light show at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.  For more information visit http://www.reaverchristmaslights.com/

All Week

 

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 to 10:00 pm (Fri, Sat), 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Mon – Thur, Sun).  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

Weekend Wandering – November 22-23

Keep warm with all of these great fun indoor activities this weekend.  There are also some outside things too in case you love playing out in the cold.

Saturday and Sunday

Kettering Ice Arena Open Skate, Kettering Rec Complex, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Admission is $3 for residents (ages 3-17) and $6 for non residents.  $3.50 and $7 for adults. If you also rent skates it is $4.50 and $7.50 for kids, $5 and $10 for adults.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.  6:00 to 10:00 pm (Sat), 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Sun).  $13 per vehicle.  Come see the holiday lights including more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave, Springboro.  10:30 am and 5:30 pm showings.  This is the musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th street.  $56 for adults, $30 for infant – 11 years.  To buy tickets go here http://online.reserveashow.com/PerfCalendar.aspx?Show=1551

Just Saturday

Native Shrub Planting at Germantown MetroPark.  9:00 am to Noon.  Join the MetroParks and help plant native shrubs to create a more diverse edge planting.  All ages are invited.

Breakfast with Santa, Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Dr, Xenia.  9:30 am to 11:00 am.  $10 per person with breakfast, photo with Santa and $5 for Kandy Kane Junction.  Must be prepaid – call Susan at 937-372-7601

Dayton YMCA Open House, Downtown Dayton YMCA, 316 N. Wilkinson St, Dayton.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This free event will allow you to try out a fitness class, tour the facility, sample natural juices and more.

Mother Goose on the Loose, Miamisburg Library.  10:00 to 11:00 am.  Ages 3 and younger are invited to take part in an early literacy program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more.  Please register in advance.

Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft, Tools 4 Learning, 1277 N. Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek.  10:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  This free event features a small craft for kids that go along with the story.  Ages 4-10.  RSVP – call 937-320-2299.

Saturday Puppet Shows at Huber Heights Library.  11:00 to 11:30 am.  Grades K-4 and younger are invited to the library to enjoy a puppet show.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Party at Huber Heights Library.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Grades 6 and up are invited to come test your skills. One lucky tribute will win a free pass to see the movie.

Hometown Heros: Kettering K-9 Unit at Wilmington-Stroop Library.  1:00 to 2:00 pm.  Come get to know the K-9 unit of the Kettering Police Department.

Super Saturday Family Day at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North Dr, Dayton.  1:00 to 3:00 pm.  $5 for members, $10 for non-members, $2 for each additional child.  Celebrate the Deco Japan exhibit by learning about Japanese art and culture while creating a fun whimsical Japanese art project and participate in a Japanese tea ceremony.

Fire Safety Heroes at Northtown-Shiloh Library.  1:30 to 2:15 pm.  First Responders from Harrison Twp Fire Dept will talk about fire safety and give cool demonstrations.

Paws to Read at Burkhardt Library.  2:00 to 3:00 pm.  Come read stories to dogs.  Grades K-4, Tweens and preschool.

Hometown Holiday in Riverside Yule Love It!, Airway Shopping Center in Riverside.  4:00 to 8:00 pm.  This free event features the arrival of Santa by fire truck at 4 pm.  There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, lighting of the tree at 6 pm and much more.  Everyone who comes is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Project Share Program.

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Greene, 51 Plum Street, Beavercreek.  5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy the Beavercreek High School Marching band at 5, Muse Machine (sing and dance) at 5:30 and Santa’s arrival at 6 pm.

Carriage Rides at the Greene, 51 Plum Street, Beavercreek.  6:00 to 10:00 pm.  $10 for adults or $15 per couple. Children 15 and under free with a paying adult.

Just Sunday

Sinclair’s Community Concert Band Fall Concert, Music Department, 444 W. Third Street, Dayton.  2:00 pm.  This free event features the Sinclair Community College Concert Band.

Sinclair’s Choral Concert, Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr, Dayton.  7:00 to 9:00 pm.  This concert features a one-time performance of Handel’s Messiah.  In lieu of admission, the public is invited to bring a non-perishable food item.  Parking is free.

Weekend Wandering – September 20-21

I know one event I am excited about this weekend is the Air Force Marathon on Saturday morning.  Good luck to those running and if you aren’t running, come out and cheer.  It is always a great event and it looks like the weather will be great.  If that isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there is plenty of things to go out and do.

Saturday and Sunday Events

Preble County Pork Festival at the Preble County Fairgrounds.  7:00 am to 9:00 pm (Sat) or 5:00 pm (Sun).  This free event includes a parade, live entertainment, arts and crafts with over 500 vendors, family fun and of course all kinds of pork to taste and enjoy.   For more information visit http://www.porkfestival.org/

Annual Wool Gathering Show at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs.  10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Sat) or 5:00 pm (Sun).  This free event is the largest natural fiber festival in the area and includes a kids craft area where kids can learn felting, weaving, spinning and other fun activities. From 11 am to 3 pm there will be a sheep shearing demonstration and also a herding dog demonstration.  For more information visit http://my.voyager.net/~nfisher/index1.htm

Country Fair at Carriage Hill MetroPark just north of I-70 in Huber Heights.  10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This free event will include agricultural demonstrations, a pie-baking competition, history talks, and other activities that will take you back in history.

Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms of Ohio in Urbana.  10:00 am to 8:00 pm (Sat) and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sun).  See live fish, frogs, turtles and other native creatures and get a taste of smoked trout products.  There will be a kid’s wet zone, sand castle play zone and treasure dig and wading pool fountain fun.  You can also pet a sturgeon if you’d like and listen to live music.  Admission is $4 for ages 13 and up, $2 for ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under.  You can only pay cash.  Parking is free.  For more information visit http://fwfarms.com/festival/

Apple Daze at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm in Lebanon.  11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This event features apple cider, homegrown apples, fresh baked good, live music, corn maze, children’s maze and playground, apple bobbing, apple toss and tons more.  I previously went to the Grape event at Hidden Valley and I’m guessing this event will be similar.  Tickets for the activities are required and cost $2 for smaller things. I believe the corn maze was $10.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/289189444581871/

Saturday Events

Farm Day at Bowman Landes in New Carlisle.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This free event includes hayride tours to see turkeys, antique cars, tractors and farm equipment, children’s activities, and a barrel train ride.  Lunch and ice cream will be available from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/380248495461781/

Xenia Community Festival at Shawnee Park in Xenia.  8:00 am to 9:00 pm.  Great festival food, vendors, live entertainment, rides and more.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/xeniacommunityfestival

Fall Bird Hike at Carriage Hill MetroPark.  9:00 to 11:00 am.  Come out and search for the migrating birds in the park.  Ages 14 and up. Free.

Dayton Fall Festival at The Gathering in Centerville.  11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This is a free family event with games, bounce houses, a mini-hayride, crafts, a petting zoo and activities for children of all ages.  For more information visit http://www.daytonfallfest.com/

Day for Kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton.  Noon to 4:00 pm.  This free event includes a bounce house, poetry, singing, cornhole, snow cones, hot dogs, and more family fun.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1512902845623704/?ref=22

Family Fun Day Festival at The Miracle League Field in Springboro.  Noon to 3:00 pm.  This event offers rides and games for children of all ages and abilities.  There will be inflatable slides and bounce houses, face painting, games, arts and crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, photo booth, food and refreshments.

Dayton African American Cultural Festival at Island MetroPark.  Noon to 8:00 pm.  Experience the richness of the African American experience through cultures, arts, education and music.  Free for all ages.

Oktoberfest at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights.  3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  This event includes polkas, live entertainment, games, homemade German food and more.

Food Truck Shindig and Street Party at Historic South Park in Dayton.  4:00 to 8:00 pm.  This free event features food trucks, music and games.

Sunday Events

Polish Fall Festival at Polish Picnic Grounds in Dayton.  1:00 to 7:00 pm. $4 per carload.

Possum Creek Hike with the Metro Dayton Hikers at Possum Creek MetroPark.  1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Enjoy a 5 mile, two hour hike around the park.  This hike is easy with no hills.

Weekend Wandering – 6 & 7 September

Festivals are in full swing.  There are several in the area to go to this weekend.  From Oktoberfest to a Popcorn festival; there is a little of something out there for everyone so go out and explore!

 Events both Saturday and Sunday:

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival; in Beavercreek on Dayton-Xenia Rd between Fairfield and Meadow Bridge.  Saturday 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.  This Festival features over 200 booths with festival foods, treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with popcorn. There is a children’s area and tons of live entertainment.  Admission is Free.  For more information visit http://www.beavercreekpopcornfestival.org/about

Dayton Greek Festival; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, next to the Dayton Art Institute.  Admission is $2 with children 12 and under Free.  Saturday 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.  This festival celebrates all things Greek including food, pastries, cooking demonstrations, beer and wine, live music, dance performances and a tour of the beautiful church.  For kids there is the Zorba Zone.  For more information visit http://www.daytongreekfestival.com/

Italian Fall Festa; Bella Villa Hall in Kettering.  Admission is Free.  Saturday noon to 11 pm; Sunday noon – 8 pm.  Enjoy a weekend of Italian music, food, friends and fun game of Bocce. For kids there is face painting, prizes and more.  You can also take part in a spaghetti eating contest if you like.  For more information visit http://www.italianfallfesta.com/

Shelby County Applefest; Shelby County Court Square (Sidney).   Saturday 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.   Activities include a farmers market, pancake breakfast, kid’s activity area, parade, live entertainment, puppet show and much more.  For more information visit http://www.shelbyapplefest.com/index2.htm

Clinton County Corn Festival; Clinton County Fairgrounds (Wilmington). Saturday 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday 9 am to 6 pm.  This festival features antique farm machinery, a parade, games, all types of food made from corn, a quilt show, live entertainment, antiques, crafts and the Corn Olympics.  $4 entrance fee.  For more information visit http://www.clintoncountyohio.com/list/events/events-37th-annual-clinton-county-corn-festival

Vandalia Sister Cities Oktoberfest; Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road.  Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. $4 entry fee. All kinds of German food, live entertainment, children’s games and arts and crafts.  For more information visit http://vandaliasistercities.org/oktoberfest-information

Day out with Thomas.  Tickets are $18 per person which includes a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas-themed activities including stamps, hands-on arts and crafts and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area.  For more information visit http://www.lebanonrr.com/dowt.html

Backpacking Basics; Twin Creek MetroPark (Germantown). Saturday noon to Sunday noon.  This activity includes a hike, dinner and breakfast at the camp and discussions covering leave no trace, campsite selection, backpacking shelters, water filtration, route finding and many more topics.  $25 fee.  For ages 14 years and up.  Registration is required.  Search for this under programs on http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside if interested.

 Events just Saturday

Kids Workshop at your local Home Depot.  This is a Free hands-on workshop designed for kids 5-12 years old.  This Saturday kids can build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse from 9 am to noon.  Be sure to register at http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops Though not required, Home Depot asks that you register in advance.

Wright Brothers Aero Carnival; Huffman Prairie Flying Field; 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Open to the public and Free.  Activities include family fun zone, 1911 Wright Model B Flight simulator, hay rides, replica of Wright Model B, Model T Ford display, balloon animals and interactive exhibits.  For more information visit www.aerocarnival.com

Celebration of Marvel Super Heros; The Greene Town Center.  2 pm to 4 pm.  Kids of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favorite Marvel character, get super hero training and listen to storytelling. The event will feature Guardians of the Galaxy. For more information call Sharon Kelly Roth at 937-429-6302.

 Events just Sunday

Fall Block Party; Fairborn United Methodist Church, 100 North Broad Street. 4:00 pm to 8:00 PM. Free event which includes live music, inflatables, food vendors, horse rides, and other family friendly activities.